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Top Sponsors:


ARC Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology

The ARC Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology (CQC²T) is focused on delivering world-leading quantum research to develop full-scale quantum systems – encompassing ultra-fast quantum computation, secure quantum communication and distributed quantum information processing.

Silver-Level Sponsors:


OzGrav's vision:

  • To pursue exceptional research and scientific discovery.

  • To provide world–class research training and leadership.

  • To inspire young people to take up careers in science and technology.

One hundred years ago, Albert Einstein produced one of the greatest intellectual achievements in physics, the theory of general relativity. In general relativity, spacetime is dynamic. It can be warped into a black hole. Accelerating masses create ripples in spacetime known as gravitational waves (GWs) that carry energy away from the source. Recent advances in detector sensitivity led to the first direct detection of gravitational waves in 2015. This was a landmark achievement in human discovery and heralded the birth of the new field of gravitational wave astronomy. This was followed in 2017 by the first observations of the collision of two neutron-stars. The accompanying explosion was subsequently seen in follow-up observations by telescopes across the globe, and ushered in a new era of multi-messenger astronomy.

The mission of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery (OzGrav) is to capitalise on the historic first detections of gravitational waves to understand the extreme physics of black holes and warped spacetime, and to inspire the next generation of Australian scientists and engineers through this new window on the Universe.

The ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery (OzGrav) is funded by the Australian Government through the Australian Research Council Centres of Excellence funding scheme. OzGrav is a partnership between Swinburne University of Technology (host of OzGrav headquarters), the Australian National University, Monash University, University of Adelaide, University of Melbourne, and University of Western Australia, along with other collaborating organisations in Australia and overseas.

We have over 200 members across Australia, and we work with 1000 scientists around the world as part of the LVK collaboration. We are fortunate to work with the 2 LIGO interferometers in the USA, the Virgo detector in Italy, the KAGRA detector in Japan, and we look forward to a new detector being built in India.


Lastek is the leading distributor in Australia and New Zealand for many of the world's most advanced laser and photonics companies.

Our team, including 5 PhDs, are the most experienced in the industry. We support leading edge applications in diverse fields ranging from fundamental research in physics, chemistry, engineering and biology, to industrial applications of photonics technology, to advanced microscopy and imaging systems, and spectroscopy.

Additionally, with in-house expertise in areas such as software development, optical and opto-mechanical systems, electronics and fabrication, Lastek have the experience and capabilities to develop advanced optical products, from one-off prototyping to market release.

Coherent scientific

Coherent Scientific specialises in the supply of lasers, detectors, optical and atomic force microscopes, nanoinstruments and other optics related equipment for photonics and quantum applications in the physical sciences. We are the local distributor for highly reputable companies such as Andor, Bruker, Coherent Inc, Lake Shore, Single Quantum, TMC and many others.


Quantx labs

The University of Sydney,
Nano Institute


Maptek has been at the forefront of innovative mining technology for 40 years, providing the global mining industry with innovative, high quality solutions for the business critical technical challenges that operations face every day. We are well-known for providing the best tools for a wide range of mining applications. Now we are combining the best of the best tools to help miners make better decisions through integrated decision-making support systems.

Our products span mining types and commodities, providing the link between the geological, spatial design, execution and measurement details of a mining operation and the business outcomes and profitability of our customers.

Maptek researches and employs new technologies across a global R&D effort to deliver innovative, technically robust solutions to meet customer needs. Incorporating machine learning and automation platforms is key to targeting the performance and quality gains that can still be made in mine planning and technical operations.

Maptek solutions are used at more than 2200 sites in over 95 countries, with solutions across the mining cycle from exploration to mine site rehabilitation. Our solutions are delivered via cloud-hosted licensing and computing frameworks that enable our customers to work efficiently from anywhere at any time.

Maptek recently reaffirmed our long-held purpose to put customer-driven solutions at the forefront of everything we do, to forever change the way mining is done. We will continue to be at the forefront of developing and delivering technical solutions to mines by understanding the needs of the industry and investing in the best people and partnerships to deliver our solutions.

Bronze Sponsors:

Schäfter + Kirchhoff

Raymax Lasers

Australian Institute of Physics

American Elements, global manufacturer of high purity metals, substrates, laser crystals, advanced materials for semiconductors, optoelectronics, & LEDs

American Elements